But before we head off on Dec 21st, I had one more trip around town with Gebrai, my bajaj driver. We went to a different market and once again, I was the focus of much attention. As I got out of the bajaj, I heard "faranji...faranji...(foreigner)" Even the smallest children called out "faranji". I smiled, turned to everyone, and made a deep curtsey and waved. Everyone smiled, laughed, and waved back. Sometimes I shout out "habbishat" which means Ethiopian and they are always shocked that I know the word.
|Bags of cotton|
|Spices...popcorn...beans...and a whole lot of things I don't know|
|The kids proudly showed me their schoolwork|
|School children doing their work outside the gate. My bajaj is in the background.|
|A typical neighborhood with stone houses. I think this would be a classified as a working class area.|
|I don't think this is a Pizza Hut franchise but a little license was taken with the name!|
One of the best gifts we've received in the last few years is a travel Scrabble game from our friends the Slaters. When Roger and I spent several weeks boating in 2007 we played a lot of Scrabble, and this gift got us going again. We keep a tally of wins and losses and it's been a good past time as well as keeping our grey matter firing on most cylinders.
|Playing Scrabble outside --- the laundry basins double as our patio furniture!|
To all of our friends and family near and far - may we send our wishes for the happiest of the holiday season. We miss you, and look forward to when our paths cross again.
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
- Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol